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What is the rule for tailgating?
1. Is it illegal to tailgate in California? California Vehicle Code 21703 VC states: The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the roadway.
Why do drivers tailgate me?
There are many reasons why people tailgate. In some cases it’s a bullying tactic – the tailgater might want to intimidate you and get you to move out of their way for example. Or it could be that they’re in a hurry. Sometimes it might just be that a driver has ‘switched off’ and isn’t paying attention to the road.
What is the effect tailgating?
Tailgating is the scourge of drivers everywhere. Tailgating bunches, creating pockets of traffic that simply put, slow us all down. Some of the worst tailbacks are in fact phantom traffic jams – created only as a result of spontaneous reactions, such as motorists reacting to sudden changes in speed with sharp braking.
Why is it dangerous to tailgate?
A significant danger of tailgating is that tailgating drivers do not leave enough room to stop if the car in front rapidly decelerates. That increases the chances of a rear-end collision. The first rear-end collision increases the chance of a chain-reaction multi-car pileup.
Is tailgating a violation?
Following too closely, better known as tailgating, is a widespread practice across the country. As a result, every state has made tailgating a traffic violation. It is generally defined as following another vehicle in the same lane more closely than would be reasonable in view of traffic, road, and weather conditions.
What is the 3 second rule when driving?
Simply leave 3 seconds worth of room between you and the vehicle you are following. Just watch the vehicle in front of you pass a road sign or other inanimate object on the side of the road and count out “One Massachusetts, Two Massachusetts, Three Massachusetts” before your vehicle passes that same object.
Is it illegal to swear at other drivers?
Don’t swear at other drivers If you curse or make rude gestures at fellow motorists, you’re committing “disorderly behaviour” which could land you with a fine equal to 75 per cent of your weekly income.
How do you tell if someone is tailgating you?
If you notice someone tailgating you, your first instinct might be to panic or get upset. You might either feel nervous that someone is following too closely, or you might be angry that someone is following too closely. Either way you need to take a couple of deep breaths and put your emotions aside for the time being.
When another vehicle is following closely behind you tailgating you should?
If you are being followed too closely, you should increase your following distance, avoid making quick moves, and avoid relying on tricks (such as flashing your lights) to help other drivers pass. Speeding up may only increase the danger by causing the tailgater to continue tailgating you at a higher speed.